Former NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm is no longer wrestling and says that she considered quitting the business for good.
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Storm gave a candid account of her career trajectory since deciding to step down from WWE in late 2021. Storm left the company while she was embroiled in a feud with Charlotte Flair over the SmackDown Women’s Championship, her final match during her time in WWE.
“At first, definitely I was like, ‘Oh, well this is shockingly terrible, I am gonna leave forever, this is me done,’” Storm recalled. “I mean, it didn’t last long … I ‘m not done, I’m never done. I’m a lifer, I’ll probably be around until I am old as hell and I’ll probably have kids that wrestle and I’m here for life. What else am I going to do? I don’t have any other qualifications, I don’t like anything else.”
Amidst personal photos of Storm leaked onto the internet, she left social media saying she “lost her mind”. After quitting wrestling, “it turned out,” that taking better care of herself wasn’t quitting wrestling but coming to terms with it, which led her to find her new way of living.
“I went through a hell of an ordeal not so long ago, and it was quite the toxic, stressful situation,” Storm said. “I feel like I’ve really been doing well coming out of that, better than I thought. Really growing, really maturing, and taking really good care of myself, more than I ever have. So,I think it’s important for me to be like that so that I can deliver these matches to the best of my ability because, to be honest, there’s been times in the past where I just haven’t been in a good spot mentally, and I’ve seen it in my work.
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“I’m looking back at some of the stuff I’ve done and I’m like, ‘Wow that was terrible, I was totally not in the right mental state,’ I was not in a good state of mind, I wasn’t taking care of myself, I was really down, I wasn’t talking to people, I wasn’t asking for help. I don’t know, something happened last year, I guess, where I just kind of snapped out of it and I was like, ‘Right, I am going to take care of me, and me first, because I’m not good to anyone unless I do that.’ So I’ve undergone this transformation of just like, ‘Keep a clear head and get your sh*t together, Toni.’”
Storm debuted with AEW in March and has become a key figure in the company’s women’s division. She could earn a spot on the upcoming Double Or Nothing card this week when she takes on Britt Baker in the semi-finals of the Owen Hart Cup Tournament on “AEW Dynamite.”
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